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for a possible ground invasion. we're live in gaza. >>> and coming to america. the u.s., a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the dream of citizenship about to be fulfilled from these people. they come from different lands with different stories to tell, but they will all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. as we look at statue of liberty live, we are going to witness something really remarkable today on our plaza, and if there's a dry eye left when this ceremony is over i'll be amazed. 30 people who have worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait that sometimes was measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on our plaza. >> so many of us take it for granted. those people out on the plaza do not take it for granted. their family members are here to witness it as well. it's amazing. >> one minute famili
. >>> coming to america, the u.s. a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the green citizenship about to be fulfilled for these 30 people, they come from different lands, have different stories to tell, but they'll all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning, i am matt lauer. >> good morning, i am savannah guthrie. we look at the statue of liberty live. we're going to witness something incredible on the plaza. if there's a dry eye left when the ceremony is over, i'll be amazed. 30 people that worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait sometimes measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on the plaza this morning. >> so many of us take this for granted. those people on the plaza do not take it for granted. it will be amazing, their family members will witness it as well. >> we look forward to that. >>> we start with sad news out of midland, texas. one minute they're taken to
bet you were close to saying i bet you $10,000. >> best in the u.s. or worldwide? >> the u.s. >> the readers' favorite city. >> we'll do a gentleman's bet. i'm going to go with san antonio, texas. >> respect your answer, but it's incorrect. >> san francisco. >> incorrect. >> one of the ones -- that's been like number one. >> that's moved on to number two so we'll get that to you. >> where was san antonio? >> it's a tease. >> come on, let's go. >> give me number three. let's get a check of the top stories this morning with natalie over at the news desk. >> good morning, matt, savannah and willie, good morning, everyone. an historic night as president obama wins a second term in the white house. the commander in chief addressed the cheering crowd in chicago after picking up more than 300 electoral votes. nbc's kristen welker hats very latest from chicago. good morning, kristen. >> natalie, good morning to you. after months of campaigning and spending record amounts of money, president obama declared victory. there is a lot riding on this second term, especially with the stagnan
the u.s. into recession, which has been relatively strong compared to europe with rising unemployment and unrest, as well as china where big questions loom over the direction of the world's second largest economy under new leadership. president obama yesterday called for tax cuts to the middle class immediately. that followed business leaders and a big meeting there, one attendee, a ceo, said his customers are still fragile in their confidence. many of those in the middle class are aspiring to be. we know the stock market has been flagging over fears this fiscal cliff won't be resolved. >> thanks so much. it's 7:18. you're up to date. let's turn it back over to matt and al. >> savannah on the way to guy fieri's restaurant in time square. it's going to be a fascinating segment in our second hour. mr. roker's here. >> we've got soggy stuff to talk about along the carolinas, even some freezing rain in parts of near charlotte. looking at a lot of heavy showers and thunderstorms. some areas going to pick up 1 to 2 inches of rain offshore. the heaviest stuff, of course. and then if you're d
the head lines. natalie? >> good morning to you, matt. good morning, everyone. another high-ranking u.s. general is coming under investigation this morning amid the widening fallout from former cia director general david petraeus' resignation. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general john allen is being investigated for some 20,000 to 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelly. kelley's initial complaint that she had received harassing e-mails from petraeus' alleged lover paula broadwell set off the initial fbi investigate into the petraeus affair. allen was set to be the next nato commander for europe, a nomination now on hold. meantime, monday night the fbi searched paula broadwell's home in north carolina but did not say what items it removed in its search. >>> investigators on the scene of an explosion that killed two people in an indianapolis neighborhood say a faulty furnace may be to blame. the owners of the home at the suspected epicenter of the blast weren't there at the time. this as dozens of displaced residents are briefly escorted to their proper
of spending cuts and tax increases that could push the u.s. into another recession. maria bartiromo is the host of cnbc's "closing bell." >> well, people are putting two and two together, saying wall street dropped the day after the election. simple question, why? >> you're absolutely right. well, first off, people are worried about higher taxes, higher regulation under it had obama presidency. but also, it is this near-term worry about the fiscal cliff. at the end of this year, we will see $600 billion of spending go away. there are spending cuts coming, that means, defense companies, transportation, construction, they may very well have to lay off workers. in addition to that, we've got the highest tax increase coming on virtually all income levels. these two things will coincide, and that is the fiscal cliff to basically possibly push the u.s. economy into recession unless congress does something about it. >> is wall street basically registering its doubt and skepticism that either party can come together and resolve this? >> that's right. i think we will see compromise. already
forces deployed from central europe and the united states, but the attack that left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead had ended before they could get there. u.s. officials are trying to refute news reports that say the cia told its personnel to stand down. >>> the true that will decorate the grounds of the u.s. capital for the holidays is being prepped for its trip to washington. the 73-foot spruce was harvested friday from white river national forest in colorado. crews will take two days wrapping the tree before it makes its way east. most of the transportation costs are being paid through private donations and sponsored. >>> and in another holiday sign, the tradition is back in full force. butter ball has opened its annual turkey talk phone line. people can now call 1-800-butter ball to ask questions or get cooking advice from experts through december 24th. the company has provided the consumer help line every holiday season since 1981. the most popular question asked of the hotline. i have the turkey -- now what? that's the news. now back to lester and erica. >> than
on the gas shortage coming up. >>> the u.s. soldier charged with the grisly massacre of afghan soldiers appears in court today. he's accused of carrying ought a pre-dawn raid batch in march killing 16 villagers, 9 of them children as they slept. the 39-year-old father of two faces a court-martial and could ultimately receive the death penalty. parts of the proceedings will be held at night to allow witnesses in afghanistan to testify. >>> a horrific accident at the pittsburgh zoo where a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death when he fell into a den of african painted dogs. the by's mother had put him on a railing overlooking the exhibit 11 feet below. >>> federal officials have launched an investigation into what caused an atlanta police helicopter to hit the top of a power line and crash into a city street saturday night, killing both officers on board. the two officers were searching for a 9-year-old boy who had run away from home. the boy was later found unharmed. no one on the ground was injured in that crash. >>> now let's head to wall street and the new york stock exchange. good morn
>>> good morning. breaking news. military misbehavior. overnight reports that the commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, general john allen, is now under investigation. the fbi looking into thousands of, quote, potentially inappropriate e-mails exchanged with the woman who sparked the probe into cia director david petraeus. where will this all lead? >>> costly. one of nascar's most famous drivers, jeff gordon, hit with a hefty fine for his role in this nasty post-race fight. >>> and we've got that one thing. just look at the crowd on our plaza this morning. thousands upon thousands of fans still pouring in for one direction today, tuesday, november 13th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. even the audio guy is excited this morning about our concert on the plaza. just wants to say it three times. we've got one direction here. it is huge, and we do mean huge. >> and just want to say i'm matt lauer, and you're right. huge. we're not going to qualify. our executive producer just
. we'll see a big change for the central u.s. with warm temperatures coming our way. and for the west coast, the beginning of a very rainy week and weekend coming your way. plus wind is going to be a huge issue, too, along the west coast. so temperatures today in the 40s. any snow that we did get in the northeast the mid-atlantic should be melting with temperatures above freezing. 35 in minneapolis, that will be our cool day this week. then we'll start to see temperatures warming up as the ridge begins to build across the region. and we'll see warmer temperatures. thursday's forecast quiet for the most part again good travel day. west coast not so good. another storm system lurking offshore. we'll see several of these coming through towards the weekend. 50 degrees in seattle. we'll see 58 in kansas city. 70 in dallas. we'll be much warmer the next couple of days, too. so there's the boundary between the cooler air and the warmer air. 56 in kansas city, 72 in dallas. then it starts to lift northward on saturday. what a beautiful weekend for the south. tennis, golf. you'll be out there
to testify in front of congress on friday about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, this as the scandal widens following his acknowledged extramarital affair and subsequent resignation. meanwhile, the special agent who investigated the e-mails sent to a socialite has been revealed. humphries ii played a key role helping athwa ining thwart a pl terrorist attack. he has seen no evidence that the general's indiscretion led to a national security breach. >>> rocket fire intensified overnight between israel and militants in gaza. this morning, at least three israelis were killed when their apartment building was struck by a gazan rocket marking the jewish state's first casualty since they launched into action on wednesday killing hamas' military commander. more than 100 have been wounded. >>> the president heads to the new york area today to survey the damage left in the wake of superstorm sandy. this after taking a strong stance on the looming fiscal cliff telling lawmakers that the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all americans. republican leaders say raising in
the deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. on thursday lawmakers watched video footage showing that raid in a bid to uncover why intelligence reports did not initially indicate that the assault was a terrorist act. >>> it the the end of an era for twihard everywhere. the final saga opened today nation wie. nbc's jen no wolfe joins us this morning. >> reporter: it's the end of the world of "twilight," no more werewolves or vampires or steamy love triangles involving werewolves and vampires. after five installments, it's all over, and fans are none too happy about it. it's a relatively simple premise. >> it's about a girl who falls in love with a vampire. >> she falls in love with the werewolf, too. >> two different species come together. >> bella has to choose between who she wants to be with you. >> like "days of our lives" on steroids. >> reporter: throw in billions in merchandising and keep the series going as lange as you can. "twilight, breaking down part 2, the" the long-awaited fifth and final chapter of this saga is finally here. >> oh, my. >> reporter: and fans
theater. it's the u.s. tv debut of the stepkids, which we're excited about. but first, if you watch the show regularly, then you know that i'm a die-hard "sons of anarchy" fan. i've interviewed ron perlman, charlie hunnam, chuck zito. i've visited the set. i've sat down with kurt sutter, the show's creator. but tonight, i think i'm more excited than ever to talk to the matriarch of the sons family. the golden globe winning actress katey sagal. and for more we go to stk in l.a. for our feature interview. ♪ >> this is fun. do you like doing this? >> carson: i love it. i also like just to talk. >> we're actually having a conversation. >> carson: yeah, exactly. yeah. >> i've never done a talk show where you actually have a conversation. >> carson: yeah, me neither. ♪ thank you so much for your time. you know, i'm an enormous fan. >> no, thanks. >> carson: let's start with music though 'cause i -- i mean, i love music so much. >> me too. >> carson: and you do too. >> mm-hmm. >> carson: a lot fo people don't know this, especially younger fans of watching "sons of anarchy," you've had
, jackson jr. was routinely talked about as a future chicago mayor or u.s. senator making his slow and personal fall a source of major headlines. >> with breaking news, the resignation of congressman jesse jackson jr., he was once a political rising star. >> and compassion from some chicago constituents. >> it's sad. i don't think you want to see this happen to anybody. especially with his, you know, his health issues. >> he thought he represented you guys well? >> reasonably well. but if you're not able, you're not able. >> reporter: last june, jackson disappeared from congress after a series of evolving, incomplete explanations for his absence, his office revealed he was hospitalized for bipolar disorder. wednesday, jackson sent a letter of resignation to house speaker john boehner while his chief of staff delivered copies in illinois. >> can you tell us how he's doing? >> he's doing good. >> jackson wrote, my health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible in the house of representatives. but his deteriorated health is not the only factor. in his letter he does admi
: and with senator-elect deb fischer she will be 1 of 19 women in the u.s. senate, a record number and voters in connecticut will give us our youngest senator choosing democrat chris murphy, a member of congress right now, and now the democrats will hold on to control. nothing will change on the house side either where republicans will be in charge with lots of work to do. matt? >> all right. kelly o'donnell for us, thank you very much. elizabeth warren is now the senator-elect from massachusetts after defeating incumbent republican scott brown. senator-elect warren, good to see you, good morning to you and congratulations. >> thank you. good morning to you. >> you've become the first woman to be elected to the senate from massachusetts. you will hold a seat that was held for nearly 50 years by ted kennedy. at some point last night, as your victory was announced, you guaranteed that democrats would hold the senate. just talk to me about the significance of your win. >> well, this is a win for america's middle class. this is a win for every family that really has been hammered and chipped and
this morning as a four-star u.s. general has been demoted for inappropriate behavior on the job. job william kip ward, former head of the u.s. africa command, has been stripped of a star for allegedly spending tens of thousands of dollars on lavish travel and unauthorized expenses. ward will have to repay the government $82,000. >>> another major recall this morning from toyota as the auto giant pulls some 2.7 million cars worldwide. the recall involves faulty steering and a water pump problem on some prius models but no reported accidents have been linked to these issues. just last month toyota had to recall some 7.4 million cars due to a fire risk in the power windows. >>> let's head to wall street struggling over the last few years. cnbc's courtney reagan over at the stock exchange. >> reporter: an impending tax cut expiration and spending cuts are top of mind for wall street. ceos of a dozen cops will meet with president obama today to discuss the looming fiscal cliff. among those attending the meeting, the ceo of aetna, american express, ge, ford, pepsi and walmart, urging washington to
as well. about 11%. the average price for a ticket within the u.s. today is $188. finally, buses, cruise ships and trains, 1.3 million americans traveling that way today. so here we are on i-95. we're hoping to get back to you matt. i hear you're cooking dinner. >> you might want to head in the other direction. thank you very much. good to see you. >> you're cooking but he's not invited? >> don't want my cooking, that's all. >> let's get a check of the top stories. natalie morales is at the news desk. >> good morning savannah and matt and everyone. a last-ditch effort to save hostess brands has failed. the second largest union broke down late tuesday. the cake maker heads to bankruptcy court today to let a judge decide what the company can liquidate. there may be hopes for twinkies as other companies could snap up the popular brand. the taliban is taking responsibility for a -- two suicide bombers were stopped by afghan guards in the neighborhood packed with foreign embassies. the two guards who foiled the attack were killed. officials in india say the only surviving gunman from mumbai w
. survival that within the u.s. marveling an ocean away at the american passion. >> they must be absolutely -- >> big turnouts across the country. >> reporter: americans perfectly cheerful, they said, to wait in line for hours to cast a ballot. here in london, an all-night watch party at a pub still carried this enthusiasm at 4:30 in the morning. >> nobody can deny the special relationship that we have with america. britain and america are one in the same. world leaders have to have a good rapport with each other. >> as women as well, we had real concerns about romney getting in. there were a lot of issues we didn't feel comfortable about, so while we didn't have an actual democratic say in the outcome, you know, we have a lot of interest. >> reporter: the world participated in this election as much as it go. in pru, kenyan witch doctors, all walks of life, watching closely in miscou, berlin, beijing. israelis rallied behind romney after he said he'd support israeli action against iran, but some analysts estimated if the world outside u.s. had a vote it might go anywhere from 75% to 90% for
by the vatican. but israel and the u.s. are opposed to the bid, saying it violates peace accords. >>> yet another arrest this morning for lindsay lohan. the troubled starlet was charged with assault around 4:00 a.m. in manhattan. she allegedly punched another woman in the face at a new york city nightclub. the other woman was not arrested and was not taken to the hospital. >>> and now let's head to wall street. cnbc's mary thompson is at the new york stock exchange. good morning to you, mary. >>> good morning, there's growing optimism that a budget deal will be reached to keep the u.s. from falling off the fiscal cliff. today, investors get another read on the holiday shopping season when retailers report their november figures for sales at stores open more than a year. >>> and general motors and its chinese partners are building a third plan in china in order to meet growing demand in that country. >> mary thompson at the new york stock exchange, thanks. >>> a heartwarming photo is going viral online for all of the right reasons. on a freezing november night, nypd officer lawrence duprimo saw a
with the militant group it once backed against israel. >>> officials from american airlines and u.s. airways are reportedly meeting today to discuss the benefits and downsides of a possible merger. both airlines announced last week that they had signed a non-disclosure agreement and would exchange confidential information while they evaluate a potential combination. american's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection nearly one year ago. >>> "x" factor judge britney spears is becoming a woman of letters. the pop star is currently in talks with the publishers to write her first solo novel. the hollywood reporter says the work of fiction would probably incorporate elements of spears' real life. spears has already one fiction and one nonfiction book to her credit, both co-written with her mother. it's now four minutes after the hour. you're up to date. let's go back outside with al with another check of the weather right across the way. >> outside comes inside, a beautiful thing. weather-wise, first of all at natalie mentioned, nor'easter, strong winds developing along the coast. bands of
aren't heading to jail. >>> an iranian jet fired on a u.s. military drone for the first time in acknowledged history. the drone was flying over international waters in the persian gulf on november first and according to u.s. officials it was unarmed, conducting routine surveillance. the unmanned drone escaped unscathed to return back to base. pentagon officials would not speculate on whether or not the incident constitutes an act of war. >>> some amazing new images of malala, the 15-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head by the fanl for her fearless advocacy for female education rights. she is recovering in a british hospital, reading with her father. this as tens of thousands of people worldwide have signed an online petition to nominate malala for the nobel peace prize. >>> and the bigger they are the harder they fall. this brand new, 200-ton train made it all the way from the u.s. to central west africa before it then fell 20 feet while being unloaded from a delivery ship. the multimillion dollar locomotive might need some very costly repairs. that is one big whoops. >>
expensive political campaign in u.s. history. will it be a long night that stretches into the morning? it's up to the voters today, tuesday, november 6th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," election day 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >>> and welcome to "today," and democracy plaza on this tuesday morning, election day 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, and it seems like we've been talking about this day for the better part of two years because we have been talking about this day for the better part of two years. it's already here. seeing a lot of traffic at polling sites all across the country and especially in the swing states n.virginia, for example, people actually camped out overnight to be among the first in line. >> president obama is spending his day in chicago where he voted early two weeks ago. he's planning to do some satellite interviews to reach voters in the battleground states and will take part in his traditional election day basketball game. >> as for governor romney,
graduate of the u.s. naval academy. he's got a -- a masters degree from georgetown, from the national war college. he's quite an intellectual actually. a great infantry marine and has had an absolutely stellar career. all this personal stuff coming out at a very, very difficult time complicates matters, both for our effort in southwest asia and for the upcoming budget battle. >> further complicating it is that he's about to leave as the head of the allied forces in afghanistan and had been due for a new post-as head of the military's efforts in europe. do you think that is likely on hold at this point? >> well, it's on hold now. it has not -- his nomination as the supreme court allied commander europe has not yet been withdrawn, but i wouldn't be surprised if it is withdrawn. i think they want to get through this as quickly as possible. they are likely to shouldn't him off to some other place. let him carry on in afghanistan until they can -- until general dunford takes over, withdraw his nomination to be supreme allied commander of europe, and then have him replaced by somebody else in e
community. now president obama makes this historic trip, becoming the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, country formerly known as burma. a rousing welcome for the president. a sea of people eager to catch a glimpse of the motorcade. uniformed school children waving u.s. and myanmar flags for miles. a red carpet welcome. mr. obama made an unannounced stop, a 2,000 year old holy site, center of buddhaism. a monk led them in a ceremonial pouring of water over the head of a buddha statue. then it was off to aung san suu kyi's house, where the activist lived under house arrest for years. >> i would like to say how happy i am to receive president obama in my country and in my house. >> reporter: later, the president formally addressed the people of myanmar in a speech at a university where he justified his trip to this not yet free country. >> i sent a message to those governments that ruled by fear. i said in my inauguration address we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under the president, the desire for change has been met by agenda for reform. so today i've come
decide who the president was, but the u.s. senate would vote on who the vice president was. that means the most likely outcome under this scenario is a romney/biden scenario. >> another scenario if ohio is too close to call. >> here's the problem with ohio. they have a new law that says provisional ballots, and these are ballots that are questioned there, maybe somebody didn't bring an i.d., maybe a signature is off, they will let you vote, but you get put in a separate stack. they wouldn't even start counting them until november 17th. today is still november 6th. so in 11 days, let's say the margin is less than 50,000, there's likely to be over 200,000 provisional ballots cast in ohio. they wouldn't start counting those until 11 days. . they wouldn't start counting until then. it would make 2000 feel like a flakback for people. >> that brings us to our final nightmare scenario and that's if florida is too close to call. what's changed since then and how do you see it playing out? >> two things there. if the margin is less than 50,000 votes and obama on the short end, democrats believe
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of the united states once again. he was, by the way, the most tweeted about in political event in u.s. history. now, i guess this is the first -- the other election had twitter but i don't think like that. >> twitter has so taken off. even i tweet. so, that tells you how big, don't actually do it, but you know what i mean. i'm involved in the process. i have heard about that. >> things have changed enormously in the last four years. they will only change the next four. >> the obamas tweeted a photograph after they won and said four more years and it is a hugging picture of barack obama and his wife, michelle. >> but that's an older picture. >> yeah. a lot people were tweeting at voting places, i tweeted at mine only because my voting place yesterday -- >> in new york. >> everyone said you are going to breeze in. mine was a mob scene. i mean, look at -- this is me. >> there's no line. >> no. it is a blob. it's a moving mass of blob. >> like a springsteen concert. >> once you fill it out, by the way, with your pen, then you have to feed it into a machine in another line. >> you were getting yell
and windy weather up and down the central u.s. got football games going on saturday from texas all the way up to missouri. windy conditions. warm wind here, 81 in houston, 70 in kansas city. cold air behind that system. only 20 in billings. some 20 plus degrees below average for this time of the year. as we head towards sunday, the east coast is warm and dry. 60 in new york city. that's some brightening news. also more showers and thunderstorms here across the midwest. look at the temperature contrast. ahead of it 68 in louisville, behind it 30 in denver. should be in the mid 50s this time of year. back to school on monday. more showers and thunderstorms into the ohio valley. behind that we're cooler. dallas only 59 for a high on monday. into tuesday that front pushes onto the east coast. more rain showers up and down the eastern seaboard from the panhandle of florida towards maine. then here comes yet another system in the west. more mountain snow, valley rain. that drops into california on your wednesday. even brings some rainshowers to the desert southwest as we head towards wednesday a
of it. this is the first look in the u.s., it's in europe right now. >> that's crazy. that's insane. >> oh, my gosh. >> if that doesn't have you buzzing, we have booze-infused pizza from boston. these are 21-plus pies. the drunken boozy pig and other ones, but take a bite. >> it's not nice to call my cousins. >> taste it, it's delicious. >> hoda, you can't have it. >> take the onions and soaked it in the alcohol. it's not enough to get you drunk, but it's something that's been really popular online and in this town. >> i can't taste anything from that. >> this is something i think you can appreciate. cynthia rally on the runway, i had to snag them. these are bangle flasks you can wear around your wrist. >> sad. >> gone too far, i love it. >> these are the things that make you go hmm. >> are you serious? >> very serious. you can pour this in. >> you can close it up. >> opening night thursday, baby, mama's wearing one of these. >> hoda is going to wear the other one. >> talk about fashion and function. >> that is funny. >> i have recently discovered herbal florists. they put bouquets
. general david petraeus was whisked to capitol hill friday to testify about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. due to the fire storm surrounding his life, reporters were blocked inside the building to "spare him embarrassment." >> general petraeus's briefing was comprehensive. i think it was important. >> reporter: but his testimony is raising more questions for some congressional leaders. lawmakers say petraeus testified that the cia immediately believed that terrorists were involved in the september 11 benghazi assault, a stark contrast to the account u.n. ambassador susan rice gave in the days after the incident. >> our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction. >> reporter: some lawmakers said the discrepancy was the result of evolving intelligence, while others noted the cia's initial assessment of terrorism was classified, in part to conceal the role that terrorists played, and therefore not included in the talking points rice was given. >> the original talking points were much more specific about al qaeda
in the u.s. designated exclusively for high school mothers. with 220 students, the academy, which caters to pregnant teens and teen moms wasn't always like this. 26 years ago, principal andrews housed babies in a crib in her office. >> it was a little program that was hidden, nobody knew about it. >> reporter: as the demand increased, andrews saw the importance of creating an environment supportive of teen moms, but also gave their babies a head start. >> what do the moms get coming to this school they wouldn't get in another school? >> they get a staff that is focused on them. that is not mad about them being pregnant or parenting, who celebrate the fact that even though they're pregnant and parenting, they're still in school and they're participating in making a life for themselves, giving themselves some choices. >> reporter: choices that can transform these students' lives. >> part of what happens, and it is kind of a bizarre thing to say. for many girls, getting pregnant in high school changes their lives in ways that i don't know what else would've. it's a lifesaver really. >> if y
fallout over the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. but the fiscal cliff looms large. president obama returning from a post-thanksgiving round of golf, but off the links, the clock is ticking. lawmakers need to hammer out a deal to prevent the so called fiscal cliff. deep spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect next year. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. >> reporter: after a meeting at the white house last week, congressional leaders struck a rare tone of bipartisanship. >> we had a very constructive meeting with the president. >> we feel very comfortable with each other. >> reporter: but a major sticking point remains -- taxes. president obama wants to let the bush era tax cuts expire for the wealthiest americans. many republicans still oppose that idea. aides have been trying to work out a compromise. >> none of this is pretty. it's actually ridiculous. pretty dysfunctional politics. we've set this crazy trap for ourselves and we're about to inflict a wound on our economy that really doesn't need that. >> reporter: in addition, the fra
to be the warmup in the central u.s. as you can see today's forecast very dry. anywhere from minneapolis all the way into florida where we have the rains along the west coast especially central california up to the pacific northwest with temperatures in the 60s and 50s. not a lot of cold air with this system. these systems i should say coming through. the snow levels will drop friday once the cold front makes it through the cascades. expect snow levels to be up past level. that could be a problem. make sure to have your winter survival kit with you. the front is draped across the ohio valley. we'll see snowshowers north of it, rainshowers as well. temperatures here in the 30s in boston. but notice the 60s, the 70s, a big warmup here in the central plains. it's going to get warmer. that front lifts northward. now we're in the 50s in chicago. atlanta in the mid 60s on saturday. okafor what what a gorgeous weekend. the pacific northwest not so nice. major changes here. we continue with the storms coming in on sunday from san francisco all the way to seattle. there could be power outages, landsl
unilaterally, bilaterally, multilaterally to test that. >> clinton says the timing is right. the u.s. election is over, iran's isn't until june. >> president obama's instinct, to try to see if iran is amenable to negotiations is the right one because that will tell us whether or not iran is serious about stopping short of a nuclear weapon. >> tehran under pressure, its economy in shambles after years of sanctions for not letting inspectors into all the facilities. now they want to show the world they've exhausted diplomatic options. >> the question is, is there a deal that we could accept that the iranians could accept. i tend to be skeptical. >> of course, iran and the u.s. have other big disagreements over iran's military aid to the regime in syria and rockets that smuggle to hamas. in the second term, no foreign policy challenge is more critical. the president has been dealing with iran's suspected nuclear threats. >> andrea mitchell in washington. thanks so much. >>> egypt islamists approved a draft constitution this morning that could further enrage anti-government protesters. it was pass
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